How can I add an A / CNAME DNS record for my domain name?

How can I add an A / CNAME DNS record for my domain name?

This article explains A / CNAME records and how to apply them in the hosting control panel.

This article applies to Shared Hosting, Reseller accounts and Dedicated Servers.

The A and CNAME records determine the server that will receive web site traffic. An A record is used to direct traffic to a server IP address whilst a CNAME record is used to direct traffic to a server host name.

Tip: If you wish to host your domain name on your Donhost account, you need not specify any A or CNAME records – simply map your domain name to your hosting account and we will do the rest.

Adding an A / CNAME record

1

Login to your Donhost control panel.

2

Click the Domains link on the navigation bar.

3

Click the DNS or Manage link corresponding to the domain name you wish to edit an A / CNAME record for.

4

Click Add A or CNAME Record.


On the resulting screen enter your domain prefix (if any) and TTL – if you do not know what this is, leave blank as the default value is suitable in most cases. Select the record type (A / CNAME) and enter the IP or host name of the target server in the value field.

5

Click Add Record.


The following example shows the required layout to point shop.donhost.co.uk to the IP address 10.15.110.5

Example:

Prefix: shop
TTL:
Type: A
Value: 10.15.110.5

 

Please note: The name servers are reloaded hourly; it may therefore take up to one hour before the changes you make become active on our DNS servers. Once changes have become active other name servers on the Internet may continue to serve the old information until the data in their cache times out.